The Portrayal Of Nature In To A Skylark And To Autumn

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The Portrayal of Nature in To a Skylark and To Autumn

‘To a Skylark’ and ‘To Autumn’ are two poems written by different
Romantic poets. Although both are typical of the Romantic period, they
differ in many ways. They both have different styles. Both poets
elaborate on two different aspects of nature. ‘To a Skylark’, is
written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It compares the Skylark to many
different things and it describes how the Skylark manages to exceed
all of these things. The poem highlights all of the bird’s qualities.
‘To Autumn’ presents the season as a much warmer autumn than we would
usually imagine it. The poem is written by John Keats. It shows how
autumn is full of fruitfulness and ripeness and how autumn gradually
ends, with winter approaching. It perceives it in a different way to
the way we would normally look at it. Although the two poems are
similar in style, they have divergent characteristics and each looks
at a different area of nature.

‘To a Skylark’ is a tribute to the skylark. It highlights all of the
bird’s qualities. It is comparing the bird to many different things
and shows how the skylark is much better than them all. It shows us
how the bird’s imagination is greater, broader and deeper, than that
of a human’s. It says how we humans always seem to see the bad side of
things and how we are always sad, “Our sweetest songs are those that
tell of saddest thought.” So, even when we are happy, we think of bad
things. However, the skylark is always happy and always looking on the
bright side of things. In addition, it is compared to a glowworm,
showing how the bird has wonderful colours, “Like a glowworm golden.”
It also goes on to say that despite its “aerial hue” or colours the
bird is unnoticed to the glowworm when in the air “scattering
unbeholden” as it is close to the ground “in a dell of dew” or “Among
the grass and flowers, which screens it from the view.”

The skylark is also compared to the supernatural, with several
references to this, such as “Sprite” and “Immortal”. This shows how
wonderful and great it is. It is also compared to a rose “like a rose
embowered”. The way in which the warm wind blows on the petals, just
like the way the wind blows on the bird high in the sky. Also how the
rose is obscured by the leaves growing around it, the skylark is also
obscured from humans because it flies so high in the sky, but just
like the rose, its scent still reaches people as beautiful as ever,
and very dominant like its melody. It compares the Skylark’s melody to
many different things; one is to a Choir “Chorus hymeneal”and their
beautiful sound. But it says that when they are compared to the
Skylarks melody, “Matched with thine would be all but an empty vault.”
This means that when the choir is compared to the skylark there is no
contest. These all...

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